Matchroom Reveal Game Format Changes for All-Stars Championship

A five point line, 12 minute games and a sin bin are all part of new format changes that were released for the new British Basketball All-Stars Championship event to be held at the O2 arena this September, by Matchroom Sport this week.

Matchroom Sport will also add in a 20 second shot clock, rolling subs and a 2 minute ‘power play’ which will see all points scored during that time period doubled, as they attempt to reinvigorate the game with “exciting new innovations.”

The event, first announced in March, is Barry Hearn’s brainchild, and will feature the top 8 finishing BBL sides from this season; Bristol Flyers, Sheffield Sharks, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Newcastle Eagles, Glasgow Rocks, Surrey Scorchers and Worcester Wolves.

There is a £100,000 prize fund with each team receiving at least £5,000 with the top prize of 25k going to the tournament winners.

However, the new innovations have received mixed responses.

Newcastle Eagles assistant coach Dave Forrester feels it is too gimmicky, and too many changes at once, tweeting:

Whilst British hoops legend John Amaechi, was also not a fan:

It was not all negative, @purplewarrior9 commented: “Sounds like an exciting yet still good format!”, with @JCGrimshaw adding: “I think this will be so fun to watch.”

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